Russian doctors reported that the coronavirus provokes skin infections. Dermatologists have identified 7 types of rashes associated with COVID-19. It has been observed, The more severe the disease, the more severe the lesions on the skin. The researchers also reported that the new virus is more difficult to treat if the patient has psoriasis or other dermatological problems.
Director of the St. Petersburg Institute of Biomedical Systems A. Vasin explained: “ With coronavirus, overexpression of pro-inflammatory cytokines can occur, which leads to inflammation of the skin. This is only one of the reasons for the development of skin diseases, and there can be many of them. We need to study the problem in depth."
Associate Professor of the Department of Venereal and Skin Diseases O. Zhukova spoke about seven skin pathologies that develop against the background of coronavirus. The first group is blisters, inflammatory plaques, hemorrhagic spots. They arise due to inflammation of the small vessels of the dermis. The second is a papulo-vesicular rash all over the body. It is characterized by acute symptoms, in which there is a high temperature.
The third category of inflammation on the skin is the appearance of pink or red plaques with scales. These are infectious-allergic lesions, which include psoriasis. The fourth group of diseases is a measles-like rash, and the fifth is toxidermia. These skin rashes are not directly related to the coronavirus, they occur due to drug intolerance. To the sixth group, doctors include urticaria.
The seventh category is trophic changes that affect facial tissues. Such lesions are observed in patients who are on mechanical ventilation due to prolonged lying on the stomach. Oncologist-dermatovenereologist N. Shepilova concluded: “With any atypical clinical picture, dermatologists should first of all rule out a coronavirus infection.”